Well then if thats the plan then Iguess thats not too bad. I wouldnt use the truck for a full time route for years on end though. But since you say only one year and then having it as a backup seems like a pretty smart idea to me anyway. Depending on where you are in michigan though you may be putting your truck up to a very severe challenge being only a half ton. Would this be your first year plowing? If so I wouldnt go too crazy because depending on your drives you may have a very long route. I have about 20 drives and two condo complexes and just one cleaning through all of them takes like 6 hours. and if you have a large storm like we had last year there were several times i was out for over 30 hours at a time without sleep or even turning the truck off. half tons will wear out much faster at that rate. Your last sentence is key.